Growing pains

The muscle kind.   I've only been a gym-goer for 10 months and I still feel like a real amateur walking in every week. But I'm putting in some good work on this 6 Week Challenge and my focus is pretty set in stone for #goalz. I was walking to my gym last week and thoughts … Continue reading Growing pains


The Fancy Kitchen: Healthy Eating as a student or as a very busy person

The notion of clean eating drags up images of leafy salads and plenty of avocado and coconut milk. While I say 'Oh yes!' to the avocado, plain leafy salads are boring and leave much to the imagination. Eating healthier foods can also come at a cost - time. If you're like me and you get … Continue reading The Fancy Kitchen: Healthy Eating as a student or as a very busy person

The Beauty Powder with Power

As someone who has always produced an insane amount of natural oils and sweat (gross, I know) I am always on the lookout for anything that claims to solve this problem. From €8 deodorant (Which didn't work) to shine control gel, I've pretty much tried it all. My makeup has always really suffered at the … Continue reading The Beauty Powder with Power

The Skin Diet 2.0

I touched base on the allusive Skin Diet nearly two years ago when I was going through a weird paleo/intermittent fasting phase and I did see some improvements. But since I started the carb nite solution, my skin has improved by leaps and bounds. Not just my acne, but the overall texture and appearance are … Continue reading The Skin Diet 2.0

The Housemate Chronicles #2

I remember feeling isolated by my new housemates in the first few weeks. I have different interests to them and I felt I couldn't really connect with them. They were very friendly with one another and would often go out together. I, on the other hand, was working full-time and going to the gym and … Continue reading The Housemate Chronicles #2

Diary: Get yo Summer Bod on

The following was written a couple of weeks ago along with some current info added in; The topic of fitness and gym-going is one I very rarely discuss with anyone, besides Neil of course. Most people would probably never think I care about my physical health too much because I don't go for morning runs … Continue reading Diary: Get yo Summer Bod on

The Beauty Corner: Introducing Holly!

So, I guess I should start with the basics! I’m Holly, Holly Robinson. I’m going to be running this segment on Ardent Fancy, which means all makeup related topics, are covered by me. Basically, this segment will be a whole bunch of different makeup related posts: reviews, tutorials, etc. And no, I’m not here to … Continue reading The Beauty Corner: Introducing Holly!

The Fancy Kitchen: Lamb Leg Roast

I enjoy cooking a hearty roast dinner at home for myself and Neil. We have big appetites and we're on a student income so every meal we cook is given the value for money vs value of nutrition test. Right now Aldi has round beef roasts and half-legs of lamb on special offer for €9 … Continue reading The Fancy Kitchen: Lamb Leg Roast

Sisters who pose together, stay together

The girls and I recently ventured out to get in some pretty gorgeous shots of the changing season. Have I mentioned how much I love autumn? I'm extremely blessed that I happen to go to one of the most charming universities ever! NUI Galway has it all, the red-fiery leaves, the old stone buildings mixed … Continue reading Sisters who pose together, stay together

Fall Fever (ahem, Autumn Blues)

We've all heard of Fresher's Flu - a national epidemic every September where thousands of students gather once again in their prospective universities and colleges. They've just spent four months stretched out to the far corners of the globe and now they're back together in one city, bringing all their germs with them. It's all … Continue reading Fall Fever (ahem, Autumn Blues)